Social & Emotional Learning

"ACE doesn’t group you on grade level (based on age) but groups based on your efforts." - Samantha K.

ACE's Whole Child Approach

At ACE, we know that children are more than an IQ score; they are complex people balancing learning with life skills. We value social and emotional learning (SEL) at ACE and embed SEL into our daily teaching practices. We empower our students to participate in their social and emotional learning by asking them to reflect on their own strengths and to identify potential areas of growth. We partner with parents in this process with the ultimate goal of high self-efficacy for all of our students.

It’s easy for our students to succeed academically; it’s knowing how to grow from failure that makes our students strong, successful, and ready for any challenge! To learn more about SEL and how it’s incorporated at ACE, check out the blog from our counselor!

SEL Approaches

  • Teaching specific SEL skills
  • Teacher & classroom integration
  • Blended in curriculum & lessons
  • Collective buy-in as a school & culture

Short Term Outcomes

  • Learned SEL skills
  • Enhanced attitudes:
    peers, school, education, self
  • Improved learning environment:
    engaged, supported, included

Academic & Behavioral Outcomes

  • Improved social behavior & skills
  • Teacher & classroom integration
  • Blended in curriculum & lessons
  • Collective buy-in as a school & culture

A Snapshot of SEL in Lower School

• Community circle

• End of day reflections

• Star steps

• Field trip experiences

• Counselor guidance

• ACE Innovation

• High quality elective choices

• Embedded into lesson plans & quarterly evaluations

A Snapshot of SEL in Upper School

• Advisory

• Team Building

• Conflict Resolution

• Student Council

• Field trip experiences

• Counselor workshops

• ACE Innovation and project-based learning

• Embedded into lesson plans & quarterly evaluations

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